a tight one …

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Bike Prep, f800gs, General, UK
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Only a few more days to go … a surreal feeling that something you planned and dreamt about for a long time is now happening. I think it’s going to be so much fun, but at the same time difficult. “What have you got yourself into …?” will probably cross my mind every now and again 🙂

Anyway, recently I discovered that when BMW Park Lane/Battersea did the last service on my motorcycle, they either used loctite or over-tightened the bolts on the front of my bash plate so much, it was impossible to loosen them with the tools in my possession.

I phoned them up, but they were not very helpful, claiming that they fasten it by hand and to the correct torque settings as per BMW. It is not even a BMW bash plate, how would they know what torque settings to use … I gave up in the end, but I need to get these bolts out to access the oil filter to do my own oil changes during the trip … so I had to get some help !

I took my motorcycle to Mark Holden Motorcycles in Bromley, Kent. Awesome guys .. they too had to struggle, couldn’t believe BMW would tighten the bolts so much, but eventually got them out and replaced them for me with normal hex bolts, all this basically for free … great guys, well recommended and they are BMW specialists !

… and yeah, I know it is dirty, but I have not yet had the chance to wash the bike since the off road riding this weekend, will wash it before I depart on Tuesday though …

Tuesday morning early I am setting off on my African adventure, twitter will be my main form of updates, so be sure to follow me

  1. Today I received a new Touratech bashplate for my R1200GS, so I decided to remove my standard one ready for fitting the new one on the weekend. Unfortunately I was greeted with the same problem as you: over-tightened bolts suck in with thread-lock.

    I now have a snapped of bolt in my engine block that I have no idea how I’ll be getting out. I shall be phoning CW Motorcycles – the BMW dealer that did the last server a could of months ago – to complain.

    I wonder how many other BMW motorbiek owners have suffered from the same problem from a BMW dealer?

  2. Robbie MacLeod says:

    Gods speed! I have to admit I am a little envious. You are living my dream! In the summer of 2011 I am riding my BMW 1200 adventure across Canada, then Sicily, Italy, France ending up at the ace cafe in London then north to Scotland.

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